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Cumberland Lore Research Materials

Identifier: 2023.070

Content Description

The Cumberland Lore Research Materials collection contains the administrative papers and research materials for the Cumberland Lore newspaper series. This collection, which dates from 1997 to 2014, consists of copies of articles, author’s notes, research notes, and photographs used in articles. As a whole, these materials demonstrate the process of creating and publishing articles about local history for the Cumberland Lore. This collection evidences how local authors wrote about the history of Montgomery County and the surrounding areas. Their writings offer a unique perspective of someone who has close ties with the community. Additionally, their correspondences with the editors of the newspaper demonstrate their research and editing process. This collection offers a view into the various steps an article must go through before getting published. Researchers interested in various parts of local history or the process of creating a newspaper will find this collection a valuable resource.


  • Majority of material found within 1997 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

While the Montgomery County Archives houses an item, it does not necessarily hold the copyright on the item, nor may it be able to determine if the item is still protected under current copyright law. It is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Cumberland Lore was a supplement of The Leaf Chronicle that was produced in cooperation with the Montgomery County Archives and Austin Peay State University. It was originally created as a part of the Tennessee Community Heritage Project, which was a program established by the Tennessee Humanities Council. This program encouraged collaboration between universities and local writers to document the history of various communities. Cumberland Lore published its first article in March of 1985. These articles were written by local writers and they mainly focus on the local history of Montgomery County, Tennessee and the surrounding communities. Throughout much of its existence, Cumberland Lore was administered by devoted volunteers who collaborated closely with these authors and the cooperating organizations. It is unclear why the newspaper ended, but Cumberland Lore published its last article in 2014. Since the last issue, several previous articles were reprinted in The Leaf Chronicle.


3.13 Linear Feet

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This collection was originally arranged by subject, but it is now arranged in alphabetical order by article titles. Each folder contains relevant information for a specific Cumberland Lore article. Administrative materials for the Cumberland Lore are placed at the beginning of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originally files of the Montgomery Archives that are being made available to the public.

Processing Information

Materials were taken from their original folders and placed in new acid-free folders. These folders were arranged alphabetically based on article title. Photographs, negatives, and portable media were separated and placed in their own series. Some pieces of portable media were disposed of after their contents were saved to a hard drive. Other forms of portable media were moved from their original placement and placed with the photographs. They have not been published digitally.

Cumberland Lore Research Collection
Brendan Sanders
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States